Definition of confraternity in English:


Syllabification: con·fra·ter·ni·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌkänfrəˈtərnitē

noun (plural confraternities)

  • A brotherhood, especially with a charitable or religious purpose.
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    • Furthermore, clergy gave no encouragement to lay organisations such as religious confraternities or voluntary societies.
    • A host of new religious orders and lay confraternities were founded to preach, teach, tend the sick, and care for the poor.
    • Unlike their precursors, these new cycles focused almost exclusively on the founders or ideological leaders of the various religious orders or confraternities.


late Middle English: from Old French confraternite, from medieval Latin confraternitas, from confrater (see confrère).

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